This course will take place in person.
Topics covered in this course include market characters, petty crime, and where to spend a penny. We’ll also look at the wider history of the area, paying a visit to the Goulston Street baths and ‘listening in’ to some of the street preachers active in the district during our time frame.
Who is this course for?
Informal learners with an interest in:
- reimagining the sights and sounds of Petticoat Lane on a busy market day at different moments in the past
- discovering the rich and changing social history of the inner East End since the 1880.
- exploring micro-history through hands-on access to original historical sources, including photographs, illustrations, press cuttings, and pamphlets
What can I expect?
- The subject is examined through hundreds of original items from Bishopsgate Institute’s library and special collections
- The tutor provides an overview of the items at the start of the session
- A set of questions is shared to support the research process
- Students handle and view the materials, which have been arranged in curated sets representing different themes relevant to the course subject
- Students spend time with each set of materials, with the tutor on hand to give guidance and answer questions.
- An informal group discussion at the close of the session offers an enjoyable opportunity to share findings and memories, and reflect on the research process
Will I need any equipment or materials?
We will be looking at a range of texts produced during the past 120+ years, some of which have small print. Please bring reading glasses if worn.
How we’re keeping you safe
April 2022 update: Keeping you safe and healthy is our number one priority.
If you test positive for Covid-19 or are asked to isolate and are not able to attend your class or pre-booked event, please contact the Bishopsgate Box Office for further information (email@example.com). Please do not come to the Institute in person if you have symptoms or have tested positive.
Wearing a face mask is no longer compulsory but we ask you to consider others when in our building and especially when spending time in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. You will see many of our staff and volunteers continuing to wear face masks and we are keeping the perspex screens at our reception desks.
Bishopsgate Institute has strict cleaning protocols in place and ventilation throughout the building. There are hand-sanitising stations available throughout the building and touch-free drinking fountains. Find out more about how we’re keeping you safe.
We provide a number of funded bursaries to people who find it hard to pay the full or concessionary rates. Find out more information on how to apply.
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You will learn
- Richly detailed information on East End history from published sources produced during the 100+-year-period under scrutiny
- Insight into the experiences of a range of Petticoat Lane characters, including stall-holders, tourists, market inspectors, and local shoppers.
- The joys and challenges of reconstructing the past using original historical materials
Meet the Tutor
Dr Michelle Johansen
Dr Michelle Johansen is a social historian specialising in the history of modern London, with a particular emphasis on social class and mobility, gender, professional lives, and regional identities. Her publications include articles in Teaching History, the London Journal, and Cultural and Social History. Michelle has more than ten years' experience of delivering learning sessions at Bishopsgate Institute for all types of learners, from primary school pupils to undergraduates to informal adult learners. Her teaching approach places the emphasis on access to original historical documents, which provides a uniquely dynamic and immersive classroom experience.
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- 12:00 - 14:00
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Dr Michelle Johansen
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